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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Punk Poet John S. Hall Performs in Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 9:00 AM

John S. Hall (lower left) and King Missile on the cover of New Route magazine, ca. 1991
  • John S. Hall (lower left) and King Missile on the cover of New Route magazine, ca. 1991

Punk poet John S. Hall made his mark in the 1980s/1990s New York rock underground as the front man of avant-weirdos King Missile (anyone remember “Detachable Penis”?) and found more fame via appearances on MTV’s “Spoken Word Unplugged” and HBO’s “Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry.” Nowadays, Hall has a new band, Unusual Squirrel, which he’ll bring to Club Helsinki on September 10 as part of the venue’s Rogovoy Salon series.

Curated and hosted by Chronogram contributor Seth Rogovoy, the monthly Rogovoy Salon features hand-picked musicians, writers, and, other artists and, in some cases, also includes conversation and a Q&A with the performers. Unusual Squirrel’s debut album, Fuck Sandwich, was released in January of this year. In this clip, Hall and one incarnation of the band hold forth appear at Saint Marks Church in New York:

Unusual Squirrel will perform under the auspices of the Rogovoy Salon at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York, on September 10 at 7pm. Tickets are $15. For more information, call (518) 828-4800 or visit http://www.helsinkihudson.com/.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Newburgh-Linked Living Colour Unleashes New Album

Posted By on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Corey Glover
  • Corey Glover

Living Colour were unchallenged radio champs in the late 1980s. After climbing the college charts with their platinum debut, Vivid, and taking over MTV with their storming single “Cult of Personality,” the hard rock/funk quartet went on to tour with the Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger had been an early booster of the band). The pressure of their rocket rise presaged a messy demise in 1995, but by 2001, the foursome, fronted by current Newburgh resident Corey Glover, were back together for touring and recording. And on September 8, the Grammy-winning group drops its first album in eight years, Shade.

In addition to singing with Living Colour, Glover is also an actor (Platoon) and a solo performer who’s headlined at the Falcon in Marlboro, the Newburgh Illuminated festival, and other venues. But here he is with his main outlet, on “Program,” the topical first single from Shade:

Shade is out now on Megaforce Records. For more information, visit http://www.livingcolour.com/.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Brooklyn Raga Massive to Visit Hudson

Posted By on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Brooklyn Raga Massive
  • Sachyn Mital
  • Brooklyn Raga Massive
Terry Riley’s “In C” is one of contemporary music’s landmark compositions. Written in 1964, the hypnotic, pulsing, highly malleable work essentially launched the minimalist movement and has been recorded and performed by many times by ensembles with all manner of instrumentation. And one of the most intriguing is Brooklyn Raga Massive, which will perform Riley’s masterwork at Hudson Hall on September 1.

Rooted in Indian classical music but inspired by Western classical, jazz, and rock, Brooklyn Raga Massive pairs sitar, tabla, sarod, bansuri flute, and other traditional Indian music makers with guitar, banjo, violin, cello, and various Western instruments to create a sound that’s at once otherworldly and truly worldly.

As evidence, I submit this clip of the group performing a bit of “In C” here:



Brooklyn Raga Massive will perform “In C” at Hudson Hall in Hudson, New York, on September 1 at 7pm. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. For more information, call (518) 828-1438 or visit http://hudsonhall.org/.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

WGXC Lodge Returns to Round Top

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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Thanks to the internet it streams all over the world, but Columbia and Greene county residents are lucky to be able to tune in WGXC, their own community radio station, right on their car or home radios (90.7-FM). On the air since 2011, the station serves up a 24/7 schedule of highly diverse music, transmission art, locally oriented talk, varying opinion, and other content. But being a volunteer-operated, community-supported operation with no commercial advertising, WGXC relies on the donations of its listening audience for its sustenance. Thus, the station holds regular pledge drives and fund-raising events. One of the latter is Lodge, a two-day happening that makes its fourth return to the charming Reidlbauer’s Resort on August 26 and 27.

Lodge 2017 features two full nights of live music from Laraaji, Larkin Grimm, Pigeons, Kraus, Alexander Turnquist, Nick Millevoi, Lily and Horn Horse, Scratch Ticket, Devin Gary & Ross, and DJs Lunar Moss and Peter Brauch. Experimental sound artists Rory Solomon and Elia Vargas and others will present their works. Food, drink, and other on-site activities are available throughout the weekend, and the music will be broadcast live at wgxc.org.

Here are the magical Pigeons, who I profiled for the October 2015 issue of Chronogram:

WGXC’s Lodge 2017 will take place at Reidlbauer’s Resort in Round Top, New York, on August 26 and 27. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 on each day of the event. For tickets, an event schedule, and more information, visit wgxc.org.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Rene Bailey Celebrates New Album in Rosendale

Posted By on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Rene Bailey
  • Rene Bailey

Yes, the Hudson Valley has a wealth of musical greats. But Miss Rene Bailey is one of the most indispensable. The vocalist, who leads the six-piece traditional Dixieland/swing ensemble the Saints of Swing, has lately been finishing up making her first solo gospel album, which she’ll celebrate with a performance at the Rosendale Theater on August 20.

Across her decades-long career, Bailey, who will be the long-overdue subject or my Music column in the September 2017 issue of Chronogram, has performed with some of music’s greatest legends and was a mainstay and the late Peg Leg Bates’s famed local country club. She began by singing gospel in her native Georgia before moving to New York to pursue a career in jazz and blues clubs. This month’s date at the Rosendale Theater celebrates her new record and benefits the theater as well.

Check out this promotional video for the new release:



Rene Bailey will perform at the Rosendale Theater in Rosendale, New York, on August 20 at 3pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, call (845) 658-8989 or visit www.Rosendaletheatre.org.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hope Rocks Festival Happens in Saugerties

Posted By on Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Ian Flanigan
  • Ian Flanigan

A week ago, I let you know about Saugerties’s recent FH Festival, which was held to raise awareness about the opioid crisis that has impacted our area. Today we’ll talk about another cause-oriented event coming to the town for two days this month: the Hope Rocks Festival, which happens on August 19 and 20.

Organized by local singer-songwriter Ian Flanigan in partnership with A&R company Nightcap Entertainment, LLC, the Hope Rocks Festival (formerly the Morse Rocks festival) features local talent as inspiration for those who suffer from addiction, depression, and social isolation. Slated to appear are over the two-day fest are the John Schrader Band, For No One, Human Extinction, the David Kolker Band, Frank Palangi, Porcelain Helmet, and 20 other bands and solo artists.

A special component of the festival is a collaborative record release party featuring three local acts on August 19 that will celebrate the release of three separate albums by three area acts: the Paul Luke Band, Hobo Jungle (featuring guitarist Jimmy Eppard), and Flanigan himself.

Here, Ian Flanigan performs earlier this year:


The Hope Rocks Festival will take place at the Keirsted Dutch Barn in Saugerties, New York, on August 19 and 20. For a performance schedule and more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/hoperocksfestival/.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Evolfo Headlines ToeJam 421 Festival in Milton

Posted By on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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The summer’s still flowing and so are the Hudson Valley music festivals. Got a couple more that didn’t make my June rundown to lay on you, starting with the third annual ToeJam 421 Festival, which kicks off August 19.

Profits from ToeJam 421 will go toward the Vinny Pezzella Scholarship in Trumbull, Connecticut, to help provide college tuition for a student pursuing a future in the musical arts. Acts set to appear include Evolfo, Band of Young Saints, Dakota Jones, Dante Felice and the Marlboro Daisies, the Mellowells, Mr. Amen Yearns, Wanderer Skies, and Whaler.

Check out Evolfo performing “Last of the Acid Cowboys”:



ToeJam 421 will take place at Toenail Orchards in Milton, New York, on August 19 from noon to 3pm. Tickets are $25-$40. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/549428041930647.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Saugerties Music Festival Combats Opioid Crisis

Posted By on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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It’s common knowledge that opioid addiction is the leading epidemic facing the U.S. today. It’s also no secret that it’s had a devastating impact on upstate New York, particularly in our region, the Hudson Valley. Having had many friends in the music community over the years who’ve struggled with the condition—most of whom have not survived it—I welcome any opportunity that comes my way to combat this sickening scourge. Today’s post, which is to get the word out about the FH Festival, a music event in Saugerties on August 5 designed to raise awareness of the issue and commemorate the loss of 33-year-old Normand Ducas, is one such opportunity. I’ll leave it up to you to determine what the “FH” stands for. (Right on.)

From the festival’s Facebook page: “The goal of this event is to bring awareness to [the growing local heroin/opiate epidemic], and raise the remaining burial funds for the Ducas family after losing their beloved Normand. Food will be served all day, raffles and bake sales will be held, vendors will be present with a primary focus on addiction and recovery, and live music from 17 different artists and bands all day! Please come out and support this event and let’s begin putting our community back together.”

Among the acts performing are Whiteout, Mattrix, Upgrade, Dom Gotti, and Painmask. Here’s video for Whiteout’s latest single:

The FH Festival will take place at the Saugerties Elks Lodge on August 5 from noon to 8pm. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/109337513058391/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22page%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22page_upcoming_events_card%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kool Keith Chills in Woodstock on Saturday

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Kool Keith
  • Kool Keith

A cofounder of Ultramagnetic MC’s, Kool Keith is known to his mom as Keith Thronton and known to the rest of the rap world by many other names: Dr. Octagon, Dr. Doom, Black Elvis, Dr. Ultra, Poppa Large, and Crazy Lou, to name a few. Hey, I'm rhymin' up in here. Anyway, the upstate production outfit Meltasia Presents will have the increasingly vital and revitalized Colony livin’ large this Saturday when the hip-hop legend himself headlines an unbelievable bill.

In addition to the likes of the legendarily eccentric MC, the evening will feature Velvet Underground-influenced North Carolina garage rockers the Nude Party, local psych lords It’s Not Night: It’s Space, New York punks Animal Show, and—just added—1970s Detroit soul legends Ultimate Ovation and the Force of Power Band and special guest DJ Jonathan Toubin (it’s JT's birthday, too, so look the heck out).

Here’s Kool Keith in a recent collaboration with MF Doom, in which our man ingeniously rhymes “hermaphrodite” with “pants too tight”:

Kool Keith, the Nude Party, It’s Not Night: It’s Space, Animal Show, Ultimate Ovation and the Force of Power Band, and DJ Jonathan Toubin will perform at Colony in Woodstock on July 29 at 8pm. Tickets are $23.64 via Eventbrite. For more information, (845) 679-7625 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1497251540348293/.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ameranouche Jazzes It Up in Rosendale and Bethel

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Ameranouche
  • Ameranouche

Our Hudson Valley summer is about to get even hotter: This weekend, the acclaimed gypsy jazz trio Ameranouche will visit the region for sweltering performances at the Rosendale Cafe and Catskill Distilling Company.

Hailing from New Hampshire, Ameranouche features Richard “Shepp” Sheppard and Jack Soref on acoustic guitars and Michael Harrist on upright bass and stirs together strains of flamenco, bebop, traditional Turkish styles, and, naturally, the prewar gypsy swing pioneered by Django Reinhardt. The group has released five albums thus far, the latest being 2015’s Sun Shine Soul, and have elicited the admiration of legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino, who called them “a capture of joyfulness itself.”

Here’s a spicy spoonful:

Ameranouche will play at the Rosendale Cafe in Rosendale, New York, on July 29 at 8pm. Admission is $10. For information, call (845) 658-9048 or visit http://www.rosendalecafe.com/. The group will play at Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel, New York, on July 30 at 4pm. Admission is $10. For information, call (845) 583-3141 or visit http://www.catskilldistillingcompany.com/.

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